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Bill C-14 to face third reading vote

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Queen's University bioethicist Udo Schuklenk is available to comment on Bill C-14, the federal government’s assisted dying legislation, which is scheduled for a third reading vote on Tuesday, May 31. The bill is expected to pass and be forwarded to the Senate - less than one week before the deadline imposed by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Dr. Schuklenk argues that, if the bill passes in its current form, the legislation is clearly unconstitutional; owing, in part to the requirement for death to be “reasonably foreseeable.” Dr. Schuklenk points to recent decisions by the Alberta Court of Appeal and an Ontario Superior Court justice which suggest that the conditions imposed in the bill could open the door to a future constitutional challenge and delay implementation of guidelines for assisted death.

“Should this bill pass I would be disappointed at the callous disregard our parliamentarians have shown for our constitutional rights,” says Dr. Schuklenk.  

Dr. Udo Schuklenk is a professor in the Queen's University Department of Philosophy and the Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics. He has spoken at length about issues on medically-assisted dying in both media and trade publications.

Dr. Schuklenk is available for print interviews, by phone, only.

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